From George King -
Almost a year of talking with the Yankees hasn’t resulted in Jorge Posada signing an extension and with the recent changes in the club’s universe it’s not likely the All-Star catcher will ink a pact soon.
“We have been negotiating with the Yankees in earnest for 10 months and there are issues to be addressed,” agent Seth Levinson said yesterday. “And no offer has been made.”
It’s not out of the question the 36-year-old Posada could command a three-year deal in the $39-44 million range considering the weak free-agent catching market. After all, he hit a career-high .338 with 20 homers and 90 RBIs while making $12 million this season. The Mets aren’t expected to resign Paul Lo Duca and the Marlins, who have been stockpiling dollars, will likely be interested.
Three months ago, I wrote:
I hope that Cashman and the Yankees handle Posada better this off-season than they did Andy Pettitte during November-December 2003.
So far, this is starting to smell a lot like 2003. The Yankees better make Posada an offer soon – or else it may be too late.